BGSU theatre and film to open curtain on 86th season

Subscriptions and single tickets will be available beginning Sept. 11 for the University Department of Theatre and Film season.

BGSU’s 86th theatre season opens Sept. 28-Oct. 1 with “Land of Little Horses,” an early work by award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman, in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre in University Hall.

Subsequent fall-semester productions will include the annual Newcomers Showcase, “All the World’s a Stage,” Oct. 26-29; BGSU Opera Theater’s “La Canterina” and “Dido and Aeneas,” Nov. 3 and 5, and “A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 29-Dec. 3.

The theatre and film department’s collaborations with campus arts partners will commence Sept. 12 with the debut of the Fall Film Directors Series, co-sponsored by the Gish Film Theater Endowment.

The series will feature films by independent moviemaker Jim Jarmusch on four consecutive Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Theater in Hanna Hall. “Stranger Than Paradise” will be screened Sept. 12, followed by “Mystery Train” on Sept. 19, “Dead Man” on Sept. 26 and “Broken Flowers” on Oct. 3. Admission is free.

The Gish Theater will also host a stop on the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. The tour will present independent, experimental and alternative entries from the 44th annual film festival.

Starring BGSU freshmen and transfer students, the Newcomers Showcase, “All the World’s a Stage,” will be held in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The evening of one-act plays, scenes, songs and dances about actors, acting and life in the theater is a co-production of the theatre and film department and the College of Musical Arts.

Those partners are also collaborating with the School of Art and the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies on the BGSU Opera Theater’s November double bill, set for Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Haydn’s “La Canterina,” written in 1767 and sung in Italian, is a comic opera, while Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” written in 1689 and sung in English, is the tragic tale of the queen of Carthage.

The fall semester will conclude with a musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” by Dr. F. Scott Regan, a theatre and film faculty member and director of the local Horizon Youth Theatre, which is co-producing the play. Performances will be in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre.

University Hall’s other theatrical venue, the Joe E. Brown Theatre, will host a variety of student productions known as the Elsewhere Theatre throughout fall semester. For more information about those or other productions, visit or call the department at 2-2222.

Theatre season subscriptions are, for adults, $30 per semester and $60 for the full year, and for children (under 12), $15 and $30, respectively. Single tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. To order tickets, call the theatre box office at 2-2719 starting Sept. 11.

The spring theatre and film season will be detailed in a future Monitor.

August 28, 2006